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Assistive technology

Assistive Technology is any item, piece of equipment, software program, or product system that is used to increase, maintain, or improve access to digital information.

All members of the St Marys community can benefit from using assistive technology, but this is often something that is awarded to students who have disabilities as a reasonable adjustment. Assistive Technology can support those who have challenges with speaking, typing, writing, remembering, seeing, hearing, learning, mobility and dexterity, and others.

Please see a list of all of the software available at St Mary's.

Assistive Technology Suite (ATR)

Students registered with the Student Wellbeing Service will be granted access to our Assistive Technology Room in the main campus Library. The Assistive Technology Room will have a range of specialist Assistive Technology software and equipment to help you with your studies.

  • An Assistive Technology Training Room will enable students to develop an independent, autonomous way of learning and using the Assistive Technology software & hardware.
  • Each student has a different method or styles of learning.
  • A purpose built area will allow students to take full advantage of these methods of learning to achieve their academic goals.
  • It will help to unlock the challenges some of our students have to education and allow them to achieve their full potential.
  • Provides tools to enable an individual to experience success at home, at school, at work and/or in the community.
  • Being in a purpose built area will create a conducive learning environment that will not alienate students from their peers.
  • Can increase an individual's confidence and self-esteem.
  • Improves quality of life, and removes barriers providing the tools for possible employment and educational opportunities.
  • It will help to unlock the challenges some of our students have to education and allow them to achieve their full potential.

Specialised software and equipment can be found in the Assistive Technology Room but we have also installed Text Help Read version 11.5, Mindview, and Sonocent Audio Notetaker across our University PC's to support every student with the demands of reading, writing and planning their assignments. Just look out for the icons on your desktop;

 Read&Write and Sonocent logos

Organisational skills

Planning ideas and essays

Support with note taking

Alternatives to typing by-hand

Reading and writing assignments